Staying safely at home has given me time for long-envisioned projects. One of those is going through old scrapbooks and photo albums, my pandemic archeology project. Clearing them out will leave more room in my closet for shoes and hats – a noble cause, I thought. LOL
These materials date back to my school years, including report cards reminding me of the phrase that got me in trouble – Beth is very bright, but is not living up to her potential. Well, it’s hard to live up to your potential when you’re bored out of your mind. In many classes I spent the time drawing everything around me or creating colorful designs. Teachers sometimes tried to catch me out by calling on me when they saw me doodling instead of waving my hand, then got visibly annoyed when I knew the answer. It apparently never crossed their minds that I’d done the work, but was bored.
Later, as an adjunct professor, I saw it as my responsibility to get students excited about marketing. A teacher’s job is to engage students in learning. Which, btw, kids naturally love to do, until school beats it out of them. That’s why I changed my major from art; weeks spent drawing coffee mugs didn’t do it for me. Anyhow, reviewing these scrapbooks reminded me I used to draw. A lot. So drawing became a goal during social isolation.
This painting benefited from that. I redrew several elements to fix the perspective – then stopped. Sometimes good enough is good enough. You can tell what it is. I’m an artist, not a camera. The point of the painting for me was to convey the light pouring in, the strong shapes inside, and that calm sense of readiness in “Before Lunch Rush.”